During Christmas, I like to give the gift of chocolate. For years, I’ve supported the somewhat mundane tradition of gifting boxed chocolates. Initially, I started with the classic Hershey’s “Pot of Gold” in the original long black rectangular boxes. They have been and will continue to be a tradition in my family. We open a box on Christmas morning when we unwrap our gifts. I have fond memories of opening presents while enjoying a sweet morsel of chocolate. Later, I moved to Laura Secord chocolates. I even dabbled in Godiva and Stubbe.
Stubbe is a family-run company that has been making premium Chocolates since 1845 in Germany. The first Canadian store opened in 1989. Today, there are two locations, one in Ottawa (375 Dalhousie Street) and one in Toronto. This Christmas, to my delight, my manager gave out boxes of Stubbe chocolates to his employees.
Please note that Stubbe is very highly regarded by the online community at the Ottawa Foodies website.
During the past two Christmases, I have given up gifting boxed chocolates in favor of hand crafting gift baskets. I do this for three reasons: 1) boxed chocolates can be purchased at almost any department store these days, 2) each basket can be personalized for its recipient, and 3) nothing breaks my heart more than seeing anemic Christmas baskets that are propped up with paper instead of sweets.
Take for instance the following baskets that I found from Dollarama.
Barely alive, we can rebuild them. We have the technology. We have the capability to build a better basket. These will be they. Better than they were before. Better, fuller, more satisfying.
Firstly, I dismantled the original baskets and binned the candies. The were nothing more than poor facsimiles of Werther’s Originals anyways.
Secondly, I rebuilt them with proper Christmas chocolates: Ferrero Rocher, Liquor Chocolate Bottles, Lindor Lindts, Moritz Icy Squares, and individual boxes of Russel Stover chocolates.
And yes, I usually raid the local Giant Tiger for provisions.
Thirdly, I re-wrapped them in cellophane.
Observe! Christmas baskets with substance
Each basket found a grateful home!
1085 Wellington Street
Stubbe Chocolates, Ottawa
375 Dalhousie Street